I wanted to share how I built a homemade mini-texturing tool for my turnings using
a scrap of wood and a few common pieces of hardware. (These hardware parts are now
available in a
hardware parts kit
from Highland Woodworking.) It
Dremel HSS cutter
to get repeatable textures. I use it on boxes, bottle stoppers, pens,
finials, bowls and hollow forms.
The hardware parts I used include a 17/32" OD by .503" ID brass tube,
two 3/8" bearings with a 1/8" center
two 3/8" rare earth
a 3/8" x 1/2" router collet insert
, and a nylon spacer. I used a scrap of wood that I had on hand for the handle.
Start by rounding the handle between centers, creating a 1/2" x 2-1/2" round tenon on one end.
Chuck the tenon in spigot jaws, then finish shaping the handle. Sand and finish the handle while
it's still on the lathe.
I use #100 CA Finish because it gives a hard finish and can be glossy or satin. I sand up to no
sanding marks on the handle, then float the finish on the piece while it is turning slowly. I use a
paper towel to apply. The #100 Ca finish has an open time of about one minute, so it self levels.
Once dry, sand it with 800 grit to remove any imperfections. Buff for a gloss finish and wax for a
Place both magnets at the bottom of the collet. Place one of the bearings on top of the magnets,
then the nylon spacer and then the other bearing on top. Dry fit everything before gluing. Glue
the two magnets at the bottom first. Complete as per instructions and glue the top bearing in the
top of the collet. Glue on the outside rim of the bearing to the collet.
Measure the 1/2" round tenon and collet insert and cut the brass tube a little long. Put the brass tube in
the spigot jaws and size with a HSS skew, using the skew as a scraper. CA glue the insert into the
brass tube and glue the tube onto the dowel. Put the 1/8" shank Dremel cutter in the tool and texture away.
I have used lathe speeds from 500 to 1500 rpm and it does not seem to matter. Hold the cutter on
the wood and apply pressure so the cutter cuts. I have only scratched the surface of possibilities
with this tool so have fun and happy turning!